One Direction's Zayn Malik: "Russell Brand gave me family planning advice" - revelations in new book
The band\'s new autobiography will finally give fans an insight into the boys\' lives and their meteoric rise to fame
Birth control: Need any advice in this area and Russell Brand's your man - apparently
Russell Brand is not the first name that would pop into our head if we needed some tips on birth control.
But apparently the long-haired Lothario was convinced he was the man for the job when he met the One Direction lads backstage at the 2012 Olympics.
Band member Zayn Malik recalls the incident as being one of the craziest experiences he\'s had as part of one the world\'s biggest boybands.
"Backstage at the Olympics was one of the maddest times I\'ve had with the band," he said in the 1D\'s new autobiography Who We Are.
Crazy: The band performed at the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics
"These crazily famous people were coming up and talking to me.
"All my life I\'d seen them on TV and here they were just chatting away to us."
And things got even weirder for Zayn when the comedian approached him to congratulate the band on their set at the sporting event\'s closing ceremony.
Family man: Russell Brand tried to give Zayn some valuable advice
"Russell was brilliant. He was saying, \'Your performance was sick.\' Then he started giving me family planning advice!
"I was like, \'Russell, you shouldn\'t be giving me that sort of advice!\' He was hilarious, a really nice guy."
Who We Are, the band\'s official autobiography, is released on September 25 - just a few days ahead of their next single Steal My Girl.
The book will tell of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of five of the most popular boys in pop and how they dealt with their meteoric rise to fame after coming third in the X Factor back in 2010.
Who We Are: The book gives fans an insight into the lives of the five boys who shot to fame after appearing on the UK X Factor
In an extract from the book, published by The Sun on Sunday newspaper, Harry admits that he suffered from confidence issues when the band first hit the big time - after being criticised for a poor performance on a Saturday night TV show in the UK.
"I\'m naturally a fairly confident person in most situations, but not all," he said.
"At that point, any natural confidence I had was being taken over by nerves because back then I had no idea how to channel and control my anxiety."
But performing at hundreds of gigs around the world, Harry had to get a handle on his confidence issues.
Nerves: Harry Styles suffered from crippling confidence issues after negative comments about one of his performances
He said: "One Direction have always been a band that gigs heavily, so over time I\'ve been able to learn about nerves, to understand why and when they might hit and, best of all, how to control them.
"Now I know that if your nerves are controlled correctly, it can actually give you a bit of an edge, an extra sense of focus."
The band are keeping busy and have also announced that their fourth studio album, aptly titled Four, will be released in November, just in time for the holiday period.
And if a new single, book and album weren\'t enough to keep five boys busy, they are still performing on the American leg of their Where We Are tour, which runs until early October.
Phew - just thinking about it all makes us want a lie down!
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